The Cambridge Handbook of Metaphor and Thought

A comprehensive collection of essays in multidisciplinary metaphor scholarship that has been written in response to the growing interest among scholars and students from a variety of disciplines such as Linguistics Philosophy, Anthropology, Music, as well as Psychology. These essays explore the significance of metaphor in language, thought, culture, and artistic expression. There are five main themes of the book: the roots of metaphor, metaphor understanding, metaphor in language and culture, metaphor in reasoning and feeling, and metaphor in non-verbal expression. Contributors come from a variety of academic disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, literature, education, music, and law.

• Multidisciplinary studies of metaphor will draw in a wide readership from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, literature, education, anthropology and computer science • Cutting edge theory and empirical research based on contemporary ideas; authors have written chapters that situate their work in the broader context of interdisciplinary metaphor studies • The authors break the mould on traditional thinking and offer new propositions on the topic offering cutting edge theory and empirical research


Part I. The Roots of Metaphor: 1. The neural theory of metaphor George Lakoff; 2. Philosophy’s debt to metaphor Mark Johnson; 3. Rethinking metaphor Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner; 4. How metaphor creates categories – quickly! Sam Glucksberg; 5. A deflationary theory of metaphors Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson; Part II. Metaphor Understanding: 6. Metaphor as structure-mapping Dedre Gentner and Brian Bowdle; 7. How the mind computes the meaning of metaphors: a simulation based on LSA Walter Kintsch; 8. Is metaphor unique? Rachel Giora; 9. Metaphor, imagination, and simulation: psycholinguistic evidence Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. and Teenie Matlock; 10. Metaphor comprehension and the brain Seana Coulson; Part III. Metaphor in Language and Culture: 11. Metaphor and talk Lynne Cameron; 12. Metaphor and education Graham Low; 13. Metaphor in literature Elena Semino and Gerard Steen; 14. Metaphor from body and culture Ning Yu; 15. Metaphor, semantics, and context Josef Stern; 16. Corpus linguistics and metaphor Alice Deignan; 17. Metaphor and poetic figures Yeshayahu Shen; Part IV. Metaphor in Reasoning and Feeling: 18. Metaphor and artificial intelligence: why they matter to each other John Barnden; 19. Conceptual metaphors, human cognition, and the nature of mathematics Rafael Nunez; 20. What is the ‘color’ of law? Steven L. Winter; 21. Metaphor and emotion Zoltán Kövecses; 22. Putting it in context: metaphor and psychotherapy Linda M. McMullen; 23. Metaphor and psychoanalysis Antal F. Borbely; 24. Crossing the senses in metaphorical language Cristina Cacciari; Part V. Metaphor in Nonverbal Expression: 25. Metaphor and art John M. Kennedy; 26. Metaphor in pictures and multimodal representations Charles Forceville; 27. Metaphor, gesture, and thought Alan Cienki and Cornelia Mueller; 28. Metaphor and music Lawrence Zbikowski.